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Apollo Oakwood

If you're out of good ideas, and you've lost hope, let your last foolish act be art.

Social Rank: 7
Concept: Haunted Retainer
Fealty: Valardin
Family: Oakwood
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Age: 28
Birthday: 7/6
Religion: Pantheon
Vocation: Leatherworker
Height: 5'10"
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Gray
Skintone: Caramel

Titles: Co-Guildmaster of the Crafters Guild

Description: He is a spare young man, of middling height and weight and a lean, lanky build. He's handsome, his features pleasing in an unassuming sort of way. He might not be the brightest star in the room, but there is a charm to his features that draws eyes back to him. A high brow and serious eyes rest over a nose that adds character to his face. His hands are large and show the signs of hard work; small scars from old knicks from sharp tools, calluses along the base of his fingers and on the pads of them as well. There is an air of distraction about him sometimes, an absent-mindedness that adds to that quirky and understated charm.

(His hair is currently tied back with a leather thong - it was that or cut it.)

Personality: There's an ineffable charm to Apollo that sees him through most confrontations that may or may not have started with the glibness of his tongue. His wits are relied upon almost exclusively in times of trouble and they serve him rather well. He might be slow to trust, but once he does, he's loyal to the bone, so while he may call few friend, those he does, may count on him til his last.

Background: Born in Oakhaven, to parents who were both Trackers, Apollo should have had an ideal childhood. But fate was less than kind to him, and at the tender age of six, while traveling between Lyon's Redoubt and Keaton Keep, he and his family were ambushed by a group of bandits looking to thin the packs of hunters after them. Apollo's parents were killed in the conflict and the boy was taken, the plan to rear him as a bandit, the irony found to be delicious. Weeks passed, but eventually another pack of Trackers discovered the location of the bandit's hideout and cleared the lot of them out. When Apollo was found, one of the huntsmen recognized the boy and took him home to Keaton Keep where the child was raised in the court.

As an adult, he is fiercely loyal to the Keaton family. Eschewing the path of his parents, he learned the special art of tanning and leathercraft Oakhaven has become known for. The secrets of its manufacture are now his. When Kael left Oakhaven to come to Arx, he tapped his best leatherworker to come with him to see about making a name for themselves in Arx.

Name Summary
Adalyn I'm not sure how I haven't crossed paths sooner with this talented leatherworker who is loyal to House Keaton. A man of humility, positive outlook, and inviting nature.
Adrienne I met Master Apollo at his shop in Arx, although I knew of his reputation long before then. He's a high-spirited man, easy with his smiles and sharp with his mind.
Aerandir A man in the company of gentry and wonderful animals alike, of simple blood much like myself, I think. He appears to be well-versed in matters of commerce, or perhaps simply one such matter amongst its endless intricacies. Someone to keep in mind, doubtless. A curious sort, if his questions and looks are any indication, and we have some semblance of common ground in knowing Sister Dianna, a delight, to be sure. I shall have to ask her of him, if only to satisfy idle curiosity of my own...
Alaric He speaks his mind and clearly has something there to speak with.
Alarissa A man whose skill with leather knows no equal. He does his liege house proud.
Alessandro A very talented crafstman. Unfortunate about his enmity with nature.
Alessia I had the pleasure of meeting Vitalis' protege, finally. As friendly as I had anticipated, I look forward to future meetings.
Alexio A fellow merchant and one of my closest friends. I owe him much of my knowledge. A good man; excellent at his craft.
Alexis Master Apollo is a genius in our time - and a man who seems to have -mostly- an even head. When he's not frustrated by unruly pet boots and unrulier pet... Apprentices? I don't know what to call his visitor.
Amari He has his struggles, as we all do, but he turns those heartaches into art and craft beyond compare. Oakhaven and House Keaton would be lesser without him. It's a delight to see him excel and I'm happy to call him a friend.
Anisha Messere Apollo Oakwood, from the home of the Seatouched Wool. A tactile man with a lovely appreciation for fashion.
Antea An excellent craftsman, my second cousin is lucky to have found him.
Arcadia A true artist. I can't wait to see what he brings out next.
Aslaug You know that guy in every village that everyone knows and loves? That's Master Apollo. It's not just that he knows his stuff - Leatherworking, I mean - it's a presence he has. You walk in and you know he will take good care of you.
Astrid I went in for boots and a cloak, I came out having had one of the better conversations of the week.
Astyr A crafter of some talent, with a wide-ranging clientele. He clearly knows his trade, and he likely knows the city as well. May be good to keep in mind for future business.
Athaur A curious sort of fellow, though not in a bad way
Beatrice I collided with him, and yet he apologized and offered to clean up the mess. A kinder response than I deserved, even if I will need to get my shirt cleaned.
Bethany Clever, but maybe not so wise.
Bhandn One hopes he does not do what I think he could have done, or that he will do similar again. I'm not convinced.
Bianca A principled man, unafraid of standing by those convictions even under scrutiny. I've no small amount of respect for that.
Brigida As men go, not a bad one. Looked after those who were weakened and vulnerable. If only more had such compassion.
Cambria Everyone speaks so highly of him, and it is hardly undeserved! Hopefully, however, people are interested as much in the man as they are the leatherworker.
Catalana He distracted my husband with his soap boat. I wonder if the Keaton's will let him come for a play date?
Cerys Master Apollo Oakwood: The creative mind behind that new Oakhide I've been hearing such rave reviews on! I can't believe I got to meet him at a wedding reception, such luck! I will look forward to seeking him out in the city and getting his thoughts on various armoring properties and what can be done with them.
Cristoph What an absolutely lovely young man. Very smart and forward thinking, but also humble, loyal and devoted to his community. Quite an impressive person.
Cyril Visited Apollo at his shop in order to get a new set of threads in order to brave the court of Arx.
Danielle My cousin Adrienne's protege. I should like to get to know him better, have heard he made some amazing new armor type.
Delia Personable as you please, helpful, cheerful - I already know I will be coming back for his work and company in future.
Dianna A little skittish. I hope I didn't scare him.
Eddard Whom I go to for all my leather needs. Handsome, but not in a way that I feel like I need to outdo.
Elgana Master Apollo is a skilled man with a sharp mind for business. I am pleased to own not just one but two pieces of his work and hope to continue to add to my collection. He is truly blessed by Jayus.
Esme The Co-Guildmaster. He knows how to spread his balls around. I've heard how men sow wild oats, but never how they just give everyone their balls to kick. I mean, then there is this man. He was handing them out right and left. Rich. Poor. He didn't care. He just wanted people to get their hands on his balls. Then of course, he did make the nobles pay for it. Hmm. I'm sure we shall be great friends.
Evaristo His work is astounding and marvellous and spectacular - and he's all and all a morally upstanding citizen of Arx, as well. But somehow, I also think he'd be very fun at parties!
Fairen A very talented leatherworker and merchant with a strong moral core. That's truly relieving to see these days - plus it means I know I can trust him. If a man won't work on goods produced by slaves, then I would hardly think him a thief. An interesting man I ought to talk to more in the future.
Flavien Perhaps we will one day bond over a mutual appreciate for the Thraxian Slug. Until then, I may simply wish to die every single time his name is even uttered in a conversation.
Gerald Polite. Ambitious. With the right attitude. Exactly the sort of individual I like to do business with.
Helena A master of his craft to be sure, and as kind as he is talented.
Hickson Extremely skilled in all manner of leather working, from gloves to armor - and great taste in sandwiches.
Ida Associated with House Keaton, which already said much about him to me, Apollo is a bright and enthusiastic crafter I've recently had occasion to work with. Obviously quite skilled, to judge simply by reputation, it is obvious that he loves his work. That, too, says a great deal about him to me.
Ilsa I did not realize how much I longed for and looked to home, until I heard a kind voice which brought to my mind all that I missed of the Oathlands.
Jaenelle The Crafter's Guild is secure with him as one half of it's leadership. I appreciate the way he works, and his attention to detain within his craft and out.
Jasher Makes good leather. His dog is a menace.
Jeffeth Ah. Well. Not so much forgiveness to be had with this fellow. Oh well. I wish the man the best in his business and future endeavors.
Josephine A good boy, even if he looks like he got his hand caught in the cookie jar. He needs to get into trouble more, if it gets him out of his shop now and then.
Jules This man has helped you in more ways than he realizes in his willingness to make bold and decisive fashion statements with leather.
Julian An artisan with scruples. Must make it harder to make coin.
Juniper Oh goodness, he has clouds in his eyes! But not stormy clouds. Summer clouds, back-lit by the sun, promising something wonderful once they've passed and left Jayus' inspiration printed upon his thoughts.
Kaldur A man of uncommon skill - the lizard mask in his display case - I wasn't sure it was a mask! Unsettling. But no question a fine artisan.
Katherine A man of wonderful talent and congenial disposition. I dearly look forward to spending more time in his company, even if I have to buy multiple sets of his beautiful armor to do so.
Kedehern A vassal of my wife's relations. He certainly seems loyal enough, and true. Judging from his works on my wife's leathers, a dedicated craftsman as well.
Laurel A talented leather worker with an eye for detail. I do hope I can help him navigate the treacherous waters of the market.
Lenne We all owe Master Oakwood a great debt, for his work. And everyone I know speaks glowingly of him. I'm pleased to find him quite gregarious, too, now that I've met him in person!
Lisebet Master Apollo is a very talented and humble man, deserving much more praise.
Llewella Master Apollo is a most delightful conversationalist. His manners are impeccable, his passion for his craft obvious, and his stance against slave labor one I wholeheartedly support.
Lorenzo A charming man and exceptionally skilled craftsman. I'm always happy to recommend his work to a friend.
Lottie He seems like a very gentle man and a very talented one. His designs are superb! I'm so glad I got nosey and poked my head in his shop. It's always my honor to meet a fellow crafter.
Lysander Worry not, shrinking violet. Under the right conditions, you will grow all the more beautifully.
Mabelle Seems to be very passionate about his work.
Margerie More than a former ward or even friend, he is family.
Marisol A talented haggler and merchant. I should really seek him out for aid.
Martino What a wonderful gentleman. Held his cool when I gave him, perhaps, a terrible surprise in a bag that was made of my shoes. Not my fault! Not my fault... fine craftsman. Would trust.
Marzio A Leatherworker with some very impressive skill, from what I've been told. And by that I mean everyone in the Black Fox went on and on about him. He seems like a nice enough sort. I will have to keep an eye on him in the future, and reach out to him should I decide to commission a leather set of armor.
Mikani Jayus has blessed his hands. His work is beautiful and awe inspiring. With his kind heart and humble countenance it is hard to not want to give him all your work.
Miranda Education comes from all sorts of places, including merchants who take pride in their work. He is polite and knows his business and takes the time to understand his business. This is a very good man with a very high conscience.
Mirella A craftsman spoken of highly around the city, and one with a quick wit. Good qualities, those.
Monique He couldn't have had a better small weapons teacher than me. And he picked up the lesson exceptionally well. He'll be a killer yet.
Nina Famously known for his skill at leathercrafts of course! But perhaps not his athletic prowess. Still, it's good to try things out of your comfort zone at a party!
Norwood It's brave of him to be here and to listen to all of this - especially when his unease is so clear.
Olin A fellow Northerner, well steeped in his craft, interested in trade and welcoming to those newly arrived.
Orchid He seems very kind but I am pretty certain he has many things he holds in. The way he says things and the concern he shows is telling, I think. I might be reading wrong. Understanding peoples feels is not my strong point.
Ouida Though he has moved on to brighter horizons, it's always with pleasure that I see his continual rise, and can think of few that deserve it more.
Perrach I don't know whether to think that he is full of shit, or if perhaps he is just as good as he says that he is. I'll be interested to find out once we finish our business dealings.
Petal He seems to very much like steel silk or maybe my work and he seems a bit absented minded as well, but I think he is an okay man.
Pharamond He seems a skilled and knowledgable smith. I am eager for his work and most appreciative that he took my commission.
Raja This fellow seems crafty and interesting enough. Though, his guards need to guard better.
Ras Seems like he knows what he's doing in life, even though I don't like his advice.
Reese He seems like a thoughtful, pleasant and talented artist. I look forward to seeing and having more of his creations.
Reigna There is something special about this one. He has phenomenal talent, but more than that, his heart is good. I think sometimes I upset him or say something that throws him. But I would trust him with my children. And that alone says a lot.
Renata A quiet seeming young man, who I think I may have worried somewhat with something I said. He does appear to have an eye for the beautiful, so is probably an excellent crafter. I am determined to visit his shop.
Rhue Word of mouth led me to his shop. His pleasant demeanor, patience, and obvious knowledge of his craft are no doubt the reason people are so often drawn to seek his wares. He's a talented, amiable man who deserves every bit of his success.
Roran A man whose name preceedes him, he is, unsurprisingly, just like everyone else. I enjoy that.
Rosalind Really patient and nice explaining his work! Told me how to order and everything! I can't wait to shop. And get to know him better!
Rowenova I am incredibly lucky to be the esteemed owner of an impressive coat that he geniusly created with his own hands. Not only that, but he is a good man. Sir Floppington and I highly approve!
Sabella I had heard of Master Apollo's designs of course after inquiring about someone's particularly dashing jacket and was lucky enough to find him in his shop one evening. Not only as his designs exquisite, but he is perfectly lovely to deal with and had many creative suggestions to my inquiries. I will surely be stopping into his shop more often!
Sanya A charming man who's services my cousin has sought. I wish him success and hope to converse with him again.
Saya Oakwood made Oakhide and Oakhide is /very bitey/. /Very bitey/. That's ok at least he gave me something to stop the bleeding with when his stupid boot bit me. Though he /did/ warn Saya that it was bitey. Oh well.
Shard He's reasonable, not obnoxious in a disagreement, and apparently he makes armor. I think he's got his heart in the right place, anyway.
Silvana He's a skilled crafter and quite kind. His imprtialness when fitting clothes makes me quite interested in seeing what buttons can be pushed for him to lose his cool. I doubt I'll do it. I like his creations to much.
Sophie Troubled. Pained. I wish I could help him, but I believe his ailment can only be fixed by his own force of will and dedication.
Sorrel This leatherworker is very kind and we managed to conduct business without saying a word, which was a relief for me. I'm definitely going to get him to make me some corsets to wear with some of my dresses.
Sparte A craftsman with a desire to work wonders. I hope my guidance was what he needed, and not just what he wanted.
Svana Very handsome, but more importantly very talented and very nice. I should help him, protect him if I can. He's an asset and maybe a potential friend.
Sydney Makes damn fine armor. Has damn fine hair. I will fight for that hair.
Tanith He seeks to understand the world around him, like a puzzle or a tapestry or a painting he can only see parts of. Suppose it makes sense, that need, but I'd imagine it to be quite exhausting as well.
Tescelina A mind so passionate and exquisite in their trade, as well as professional, holds my interest like nothing else. Greatly lives up to his reputation. I shall take much of my business to him.
Torian Don't keep up much with the workings of the Guild, but this one has stepped up more and more when leadership was needed. Good for it too, anyone can see he's got real experience in those hands.
Vanora I've heard his talents spoken of frequently but only met him at the Crafter's Faire for the first time. He was interesting to speak with, and I hope it is not the last time.
Veronica Apollo Oakwood is as loyal, trustworthy and hardworking as they come, and the mold was broken when he was made, making him one of a kind.
Vicente He helped you with a commission you needed. A very helpful sort that is worth offering repeat business to if the need arises.
Videl Master Apollo seems like a pleasant sort and a skilled artisan, if I need leathers I'll have to make sure to keep him in mind.
Vitalis His store couldn't be more well-named, the wares within unlike any I've seen in the City. My only complaint: it's too far from the Bank.
Wash A unself-conscious craftsman. Well spoken and better mannered, proof that not all noble souls are born into noble heritage.
Zoey Observant and good natured. A good heart requires no refining.